As part of Social Enterprise Week 2014 and to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 7th, Dubai participated in the global marathon screening of the film, Girl Rising, in association with Intel.
Young, female entrepreneurs from 24 different cities across the globe, whom are associated with or have started an organization working with women hosted and screened the film. The objective of this exciting global initiative is to spread awareness on issues of women’s empowerment and the importance of educating girls. The screenings were not limited to women only. All young entrepreneurs were encouraged to attend and participate in the live discussions following the film.
The movie tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries. Each girl had her story written by a writer from her country and voiced by renowned Hollywood actors. Their stories reflect their struggles to overcome societal or cultural barriers and show courage in some way. Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. And yet, when you educate a girl you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. Girl Rising is a ground-breaking film that has already been seen by millions. It’s also a movement for girls education that you can be proud to support.
The movie Girl Rising was produced by Kayce Freed, Tom Yellin and Holly Gordon at The Documentary Group in partnership with Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen of Vulcan Productions. It was directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins and features narration by Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez,Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra, Chloë Grace Moretz, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington. Paul Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder, is an executive producer, while Intel is a funder.
The Nord Anglia International School Dubai was a key sponsor of the event. It’s principal, Mr. Michael Embley, spoke during the Google Hangout chat. He noted that men have a responsibility to support girls as they pursue education and move towards accomplishing their goals in life. All attendees were given a pledge card to fill out. The pledge was each person’s personal declaration to help girls continue to rise. The pledge cards are proudly displayed on the the corridor wall at Impact Hub Dubai.Other sponsors include Impact Hub Dubai, Girls in Tech Dubai, Social Enterprise Week 2014, Ethical Muse, Rock Camp for Girls UAE and Diggity.